A grant program intended to provide "safer" crack and meth pipes to drug addicts has been shelved, government sources reveal.
The proposed plan, presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, called for the distribution of "safe smoking kits and supplies," which would have been paid for with taxpayer dollars. However, after the proposal sparked outrage among Republicans, the Administration has decided to scrap the plan, says Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. "No federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits," Becerra says.
Defending the now-dead legislation, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the plan would have done more than just pay for new drug pipes. She says it would have also provided funding for overdose prevention drugs, medication lockboxes, test kits for infectious diseases and syringe disposal containers.
Would this have been a good use of taxpayer money?